In 50 Days’ time Team South Africa begin their Commonwealth Games challenge in Birmingham. The games initially awarded to Durban will be the 22nd hosting of the multi-sport event and the 7th staging of field hockey at the event.

South Africa have competed in every event along with Australia, Canada, England, India, New Zealand and Scotland, with a best finish of 4th in 2010 and 2014. New Zealand are the defending champions having stunned Australia in the event in 2018 on the Gold Coast.

The South African Women are in Pool B alongside five times champions Australia, defending champions New Zealand, African neighbours Kenya and Scotland. The top 2 teams in each pool progress to the semi-finals and by virtue of that will have a shot at one of the medals.

Today SASCOC announced the SA Womens Hockey Team that will head to Birmingham just after completion of the FIH Hockey World Cup in Spain and Netherlands and will hopefully be buoyed by a massive performance in the Hockey showpiece.

All 18 players selected for the Commonwealth Games are from the FIH World Cup Squad and the likes of Jean-Leigh du Toit and Maboloke (Nepo) Serage will look to add to their first caps earned at that tournament.

Kristen Paton, Lisa Deetlefs, Erin Christie, Phumelela Mbande and Quanita Bobbs were all part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Squad, while Lilian du Plessis, Bobbs, Costin and Deetlefs featured in 2014. Deetlefs will be attending her fourth Commonwealth Games having attended her first in 2010.

 South Africa Squad for Commonwealth Games (Caps as of 08 June 2022)

Player

Caps

Player

Caps

Bernadette Coston

155

Lilian du Plessis

145

Bianca Wood

12

Maboloke Serage

0

Edith Molikoe

5

Marizen Marais

36

Erin Christie

63

Onthatile Zulu

14

Hannah Pearce

16

Phumelela Mbande

57

Hanrie Louw

5

Quanita Bobbs

142

Jean-Leigh du Toit

0

Robyn Johnson

28

Kristen Paton

43

Shirndré-Lee Simmons

5

Lisa-Marie Deetlefs

271

Tarryn Lombard

52

 

Reserves

Kayla de Waal, Charne Maddocks, Kirsty Adams, Sylvia van Jaarsveldt & Mathaphelo Ramasimong

South Africa fixtures for Commonwealth Games

29 July 2022 – SA vs. Scotland
31 July 2022 – SA vs. Australia
2 August 2022 – South Africa vs. Kenya
4 August 2022 – South Africa vs. New Zealand

The Inaugural Senior Hockey5s event in Lausanne reached its conclusion on Sunday with Uruguay securing the title with a 3-1 victory over the hosts Switzerland in the final. For South Africa it was third place they had to settle for as they failed to get over the line against India.

In the first game of the day the South Africans took on Uruguay buoyed by their 5-2 win over Poland in the late game yesterday that had given them a chance on a place in the final. Knowing a victory would put them in a great position the South Africans were frustrated to find themselves 2-0 down early on through Vilar and Dallorso. But they pulled one back through captain Dirkie Chamberlain who finished after a wonderful cross field pass by Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren to give the South Africans the momentum into the break.

That momentum paid dividends as the South Africans pulled level through Toni Marks. Finding the ball from an acute angle the South African Olympian struck a near post blinder that gave the South American keeper no chance. South Africa sensed a massive opportunity to take home the points. But in a feisty game it was one minute that would decide the game and that was the 16th minute. Teresa Viana ran onto a through ball and finished superbly past Modipane. She added another from a penalty and ultimately settle the game for the South Americans.

As a result of the other results, South Africa knew that a victory against India would secure a spot in the final. The game couldn’t have started any better. It took just 95 seconds when Kayla Swarts pumped a ball towards goal and the South African captain Dirkie Chamberlain deflected it superbly. The joy doubled two minutes later when Candice Manuel got her second of the tournament. It was a real predator’s goal as she took the lead on her defender and slotted it home.

Dirkie Chamberlain made it 3-0 as she reacted the fastest to a pocket of space and smashed it home. South Africa were in dreamland and were looking to ramp home the advantage but were met by a determined fightback from India who took advantage of a goal mouth scramble first and then punished a defensive error. Before South Africa could blink the lead had been erased and the score was 3-3 at the half time interval.

South Africa then found themselves trailing for the first time in the game when Mariana capitalised on the South Africans failing to clear. And the 1 goal lead would survive for 7 minutes after Candice Manuel had a penalty saved superbly and neither side took opportunities. But with a win securing South Africa a spot in the final, they continued to pour forward and levelled through the skipper with a brilliant late shot into the bottom left corner.

The final minute saw neither team able to create enough space for an opportunity and ultimately both teams had to accept missing out on the final.

Hero Hockey5s Final Positions

The Inaugural Senior Hockey Fives event got underway today in Lausanne with Five men’s and Five women’s teams invited to slog it out for the title. The tournament, very much in the mould of the World Rugby Sevens World Tour, is played over two days with the top two teams in the pool contesting the final.

The Women’s tournament, in the FIH’s newest format of the game, saw South Africa join the hosts Switzerland as well as Uruguay, Poland and India. For the Africans it was the hosts first up for Tsoanelo Pholo’s charges.

Switzerland had already played in the opening game of the tournament, triumphing 3-1 against Poland and that early exposure and game time was evident as they came out the more crisp side and led at the half-time break by a goal to nil courtesy of Diana Hoxhaj.

The hosts extended their lead through Nele Pohler and despite the best efforts of the visitors Sofie Stomps put the game to bed with a good goal to make it 3-0. The South Africans would at least get their historic first ever International goal and consolation in the game coming from Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren.

The wonderful format of these tournament’s is that you don’t have time to wallow in self pity and doubt and two and a half hours after that game ended South Africa were back on the turf to take on Poland, fresh off a surprising 3-1 win over India.

But the South Africans were dialled in from the start and got the goal they deserved when captain Dirkie Chamberlain squeezed the ball into the corner from a Toni Marks cross. The lead was doubled before the break when Toni Marks found space and went from provider to finisher to double the lead. 2-0 at the break.

Two would become three when Candice Manuel scored her first International Hockey5s goal with an instinctive finish in reaction to a decent save. There was a little flutter of the hearts for South Africa when Amelia Katerla pulled one back but within seconds Marks was on hand to deflect the ball home from a Chamberlain cross / shot.

She would complete her hat-trick when she reacted quickest to a Rea Phume shot being saved and smashed it home before a late consolation from Slawinska saw the game end 5-2 to South Africa.

Tomorrow the tournament concludes with the top two teams meeting in the finals. For South Africa to get into that final it will probably target wins in both games tomorrow against Uruguay and India. All games are live on Supersport and on the Watch Hockey App.

Hero Hockey5s Lausanne – Day 1 Results

Poland 1-3 Switzerland
India 3-4 Uruguay
South Africa 1-3 Switzerland
India 1-3 Poland
Uruguay 4-0 Switzerland
Poland 2-5 South Africa

Hero Hockey5s Lausanne – Day 2 Fixtures

South Africa vs. Uruguay
Switzerland vs. India
Poland vs. Uruguay
India vs. South Africa

South African Hockey have today announced the SA Women’s Hockey Squad for the FIH Hockey World Cup in Spain and Netherlands. The 2022 event is the 15th occurrence of the quadrennial world championship. It also marks the 7th consecutive appearance for South Africa having secured their spot with a victory in Ghana at the African Cup of Nations.

It’s the first tournament under Giles Bonnet, who was reappointed to the role recently and the first squad selected in this new era. The team features a number of Olympians including triple Olympian Lisa Deetlefs who has reversed her decision to retire from International hockey. She is joined in the squad by Tokyo 2021 team mates Phumi Mbande, Edith Molikoe, Marizen Marias, Kristen Paton, Robyn Johnson, Onthatile Zulu, Erin Christie, Lilian du Plessis, Quanita Bobbs and Tarryn Lombard. Bernadette Coston, who played in the 2012 London Olympics under Bonnet is also included.

The SA Women’s Junior World Cup team performed admirably in Potchefstroom to secure a 7th place finish. A number of members of that team are included and will have the remarkable honour of playing in two FIH World Cups within six months. Jean-Leigh Du Toit, Kayla de Waal and Christa Ramasimong all will have the opportunity to add senior international caps to the Junior Caps they have already received.

Giles Bonnet, head coach of the SA Hockey Women is pleased with the squad:

"I have seen tremendous effort and energy from the team since my return to the post. We know we face a tough challenge at the World Cup against some superb opponents, but we are excited for the opportunity. I am really pleased with the team we have put together, there is a healthy mixture of youth and experience. We believe that we have the right tools at our disposal to go to Terrassa and compete against the best!"

The 2022 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup takes place in July in Netherlands and Spain. South Africa are in Pool D alongside Australia, Belgium and Japan and will be based in Terrassa in Spain.

SA Women’s Hockey Squad – FIH Hockey World Cup

Player

Caps

Player

Caps

Quanita Bobbs

142

Marizen Marais

36

Erin Christie

63

Phumelela Mbande (GK)

57

Bernadette Coston

155

Edith Molikoe

5

Kayla De Waal

0

Kristen Paton

43

Lisa-Marie Deetlefs

271

Hannah Pearce

16

Lilian Du Plessis

145

Christa Ramasimong

0

Jean-Leigh Du Toit

0

Nepo Serage (GK)

0

Robyn Johnson

28

Shindre-Lee Simmons

5

Tarryn Lombard

52

Bianca Wood

12

Hanrie Louw

5

Onthatile Zulu

14


Reserves

Kirsty Adams
Charne Maddocks
Sylvia van Jaarsveldt

SA Women’s Hockey – FIH Hockey World Cup Fixtures

3 July 2022 – Belgium vs. South Africa
5 July 2022 – Japan vs. South Africa
6 July 2022 – Australia vs. South Africa

South Africa Hockey are pleased to announce the first ever SA Womens Hockey5s squad today. The team has been invited to compete at the inaugural senior Hockey5s event in Lausanne, Switzerland on the 4-5 June 2022. They will take on the hosts Switzerland, Poland, India and Uruguay. This will be the first step on the Road to the debut FIH Hockey5s World Cup in 2024.

South Africa have already made a splash in the shortened format when Tsoanelo Pholo led the SA Under 18 girls to the Youth Olympics in the format where they finished fourth in Argentina, just missing out on a medal, and defeating Australia in the process. Both the boys and girls won their respective African Cups in that year.

Pholo, who played both indoor and outdoor hockey for South Africa, will be the coach to lead the team in this Invitational event. And has put together a squad with the intention of contending for the title.

There are a number of experienced stars including Olympians Dirkie Chamberlain (London 2012) and Toni Marks (Tokyo 2021). There are also experienced 11-a-saide players in Candice Manuel, Jade Mayne, Sylvia van Jaarsveldt and 2021 IPT Goalkeeper of the Tournament Mmatshepo Modipane.

Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren is also joined by two of South Africa’s exciting young stars in Ntsopa Mokoena and Reabetswe Phume.

SA Women Hockey5s Squad – FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022

Sylvia van Jaarsveldt
Jade Mckenzie Mayne
Toni Marks
Mmatshepo Modipane
Candice Manuel
Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren
Ntsopa Mokoena
Reabetswe Phume
Dirkie Chamberlain

Reserves

Kayla Swarts
Shanna Mendonca
Morgan de Jager

Staff

Tsoanelo Pholo
Tarrin Ramsden

Hockey5s is played with 5 athletes per team. It is particularly known for its non-stop end to end action, since the ball is in play for about 90% of a match, thanks to rebound-boards placed against the outside of the side-lines and back-lines. Furthermore, there are usually more goals with Hockey5s than with the more traditional 11-a-side format of hockey since players can score from anywhere after the attacking line. Hockey5s is played on a smaller pitch, which enables to bring hockey to people in new and unexpected venues, sometimes even at the heart of the cities. Also, the match duration is shorter, with 2 halves of 10 minutes each.

The matches will be live on Watch.Hockey. 

South African Hockey has today announced the appointment of Kurt Cerfontyne as the Technical Director: SA Hockey Senior Women. The role is until the Paris 2024 Olympics and will see Cerfontyne responsible for a number of aspects, including:

  • Advising the Head Coach on Technical and Tactical Aspects.
  • Supporting the Head Coach in managing and delivering the SA Ladies Hockey Program.
  • Assisting in developing and building a team culture of excellence.
  • Developing sound relationships with team staff and players.
  • Mentorship, support, development, and education of identified coaches.
  • Developing and implementing a coach evaluation system.
  • Supporting the Strategic Objectives of SA Hockey.

Cerfontyne was appointed in 2001 as the SA Hockey Boys U16 side, before heading to the Junior World Cup in 2005 as an assistant and 2009 as the Head Coach. Further to this Kurt was also the assistant coach under Greg Clarke for the SA National Men’s side from 2007 to 2012 going to both the Beijing and London Olympics.

After a short break Cerfontyne joined up with SA Head Coach Giles Bonnet as the Assistant Coach for the SA Womens team including the 2014 FIH World Cup, continuing the role under Sheldon Rostron which incorporated FIH World Cup 2018 and the Commonwealth Games.

Kurt has been working as Western Province Hockey Unions HP coaching co-ordinator since 2014 and is a lifelong member of Central Hockey Club.

SA Hockey CEO Marissa Langeni:

“Kurt has shown tremendous commitment for a sustained period to the South African Hockey environment. He has always been above reproach and committed to further the game in our country. I have no doubt that Kurt’s role with the SA Hockey Women will empower them to achieve their potential on the International stage. Good luck!”

South African Hockey has today confirmed the appointed of Tsoanelo Pholo as the first ever Head Coach of the SA Hockey 5’s Women. Pholo is a former South African international who represented her country at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as well as both the outdoor (Madrid 2006) and indoor (Vienna 2007) World Cup competitions

Pholo was the head coach of the South Africa women’s team that claimed a 4th place finish in the Hockey5s competition at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and has been featured by the FIH in attempting to grow the newest version of the game.

Pholo has been appointed through to the 2024 FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman in January 2024, going through the respective qualification tournaments including the African Championship and other global opportunities.

The countries first international adventure is at the Inaugural Senior World Hockey 5s event later this year in Lausanne (4&5 June 2022) where the team will take on Switzerland, India, Poland and Uruguay. The vision for this event is that similar will take place in a Hockey5s World Tour post the inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cup.

Speaking of the appointment, Pholo was immensely proud of the opportunity to lead her country:

“I am proud and happy about the appointment. This is a format that is close to my heart. I cannot wait to uncover new talent for the country and show South African flare in a way it never has been before. I can’t wait for the challenge and to make South Africa proud!”

SA Hockey CEO Marissa Langeni:

"Pholo has already shown tremendous results on the International Hockey5s platform with the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. Her passion for this format and for the country will hold her in good stead and we look forward to watching her success with our team!"

Hockey5s is played with 5 athletes per team. It is particularly known for its non-stop end to end action, since the ball is in play for about 90% of a match, thanks to rebound-boards placed against the outside of the side-lines and back-lines. Furthermore, there are usually more goals with Hockey5s than with the more traditional 11-a-side format of hockey, since players can score from anywhere after the attacking line. Hockey5s is played on a smaller pitch, which enables to bring hockey to people in new and unexpected venues, sometimes even at the heart of the cities. Also, the match duration is shorter, with 2 halves of 10 minutes each.

 

South Africa completed their FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup today in Potchefstroom as they sizzled to 3-2 win over USA to finish in 7th place.

South Africa were desperate to give a performance to the home faithful for the first ever African hosted FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup.  They started with a great intensity winning an early penalty corner, but continued with a poor execution rate at the tournament as the chance went begging. The early pressure and possession paid dividends though as the South Africans got the games opening goal. Kayla de Waal worked the ball into the circle and Bianca Wood showed the class to create space and finish into the bottom corner.

USA almost pulled level from their opening penalty corner and were made to pay when on South Africa’s third penalty corner Jean-Leigh Du Toit produced a world class drag flick into the side netting. It was reminiscent of Pietie Coetzee-Turner, and the hosts led by 2-0. That was almost three at the end of the quarter when Edith Molikoe created the chance that was inches away from Thati Zulu turning in.

Early in the second quarter the United States gained a foothold in the game and strove forward with pressure building and Ellis was forced into a save from Hope Rose before Ashley Sessa fired the ball over the top of the goal. The South Africans had retreated in the competition allowing pressure but on the counter won a penalty corner. The chance was not converted instead with the South Africans having to face more pressure and despite Hope Rose’s best efforts it remained 2-0 to the hosts at the break.

The third quarter saw South Africa come out swinging with renewed intensity. A penalty corner variation from Penalty Corner number 5 for the South Africans almost resulted in a goal. Hanrie Louw picked out Molikoe superbly who deflected the ball just inches wide of the post. But the goal would come for the South Africans. A wonderful piece of work from Tamlyn Kock on the baseline was expertly deflected in by Mikkela le Roux. Her touch through the American keeper off and gave South Africa a dominant lead.

But that deficit was reduced out of nowhere when Varney drove into the South African circle and fired home hard and low. USA then had a penalty corner and a chance to reduce the lead again, but it was superbly run down by Thati Zulu, which brought an end to the third quarter.

South Africa created the best early chance of the fourth quarter when Kayla de Waal lifted it through and Mikkela le Roux powered the ball in, only to see it lodged in the goalkeepers glove. The resultant penalty corner was fairly routine for USA to defend and they used that moment to turn the pressure up on the South Africans.

They pulled a second goal back to reduce the deficit with Tamer reacting to good work from Ashley Sessa and firing it into the bottom corner under Amelie Claasen. It set up a massive final ten minutes as the hosts held on despite USA pulling their keeper and securing a 7th place finish in the tournament.

South African Hockey today have announced the appointment of Giles Bonnet through the FIH Hockey World Cup and the Paris Olympic Games in 2024. The role sees Bonnet return to a role he held from 2010-2014 where he led the team into the top 10 in the world rankings as well as to a competitive adventure in the London Olympic games.  

One of the highlights of teams time under Bonnet was the London Olympics 2012 Qualifying tournament where the team triumphed over India in New Delhi thanks to goals from Shelley Jones, Pietie Coetzee-Turner and Marsha Cox to qualifying for the global games.

Bonnet is a household name in the game of hockey having served International roles for the Belgian Men, the SA Hockey Men, China’s men’s and women’s teams as well as the Canadian National women.

CEO of SA Hockey Marissa Langeni was glowing regarding the appointment of Bonnet:

“Giles is no stranger to SA Hockey. He oversaw a period of great success and growth for the SA Womens Team. His commitment to the program and the growth under his tutelage was fantastic to see. We look forward to seeing the team takes step forwards under his guidance in a remarkably busy hockey calendar!”

Giles Bonnet is eagerly looking forward to the challenge that awaits him:

“South Africa are currently sitting at number 16 in the world rankings, I believe we as a country have far more potential than that. For me its an exciting opportunity. I also believe with the quality of hockey on television these days, we have a major attraction for sponsors who want to help us reach the next level. It may be challenging in the short term but we will assist these young players to achieve their potential in the green and gold.”

Bonnet will hit the ground running as the SA Women have Commonwealth Games, the FIH Hockey World Cup and the FIH Nations Cup in the next 6 months as they look to begin climbing up the world rankings once again.

Lausanne, Switzerland: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has today revealed the match schedule of the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup Spain & Netherlands2022 (1-17 July).

The opening match of the 15th edition of the most prestigious event in women’s hockey - alongside the Olympics – will see hosts Spain taking on Canada on 1 July 2022 in Terrassa, Spain.

Matches in Amsterdam, Netherlands – co-hosting the tournament with Spain – will start on the next day (2 July) with New Zealand playing China.

Terrasa Olympic Stadium and Wagener Stadium will host Pool matches, cross-overs, classification matches and quarter-finals, with Terrassa – which welcomed the Olympic hockey tournaments in 1992 – hosting the semi-finals, the match for the 3rd place and the final.

Another major milestone is coming to life today with the start of the ticket sales! Tickets will be sold via the following online ticketing platforms:

Fans are encouraged to book early!

16 teams are in the race to be crowned World Champions. The draw to define the Pools was done on 17 February in Terrassa, at the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia:

Pool A: Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Chile 
Pool B: England, New Zealand, India, China 
Pool C: Argentina, Spain, Korea, Canada 
Pool D: Australia, Belgium, Japan, South Africa 

Furthermore, the tournament’s mascot was revealed at the draw ceremony. This lovely dragon symbolizes the values of women in Hockey: passion, strength, wisdom, change, courage, vitality, protection and majesty. 

All hockey fans around the world are invited to suggest a name for the mascot through a contest running until 18 March. The chosen name will be revealed on 23 March. The voting platform link is: https://bit.ly/WorldCupMascot   

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